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At the first witchcraft trial in England (July 1565 -Chelmsford Essex), Agnes Waterhouse was found guilty of 'bewitching to death' and hanged two days later. This trial was the first of many in which owning a cat (familiar) was used as evidence in the trial. During the next 150 years thousands of women and quite a few pets were condemned to death.

8th Jun 2005 by Diane Earl

Citizenship, English, History

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3

Cat, Witch, trial

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